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Au-delà du toponyme : la dimension politique de la territorialisation par la nomination

Abstract : Alongside the etymological toponymy that sheds light on the history of human occupation of an environment, a political or critical toponymy also comes into being. Rather than the toponyms themselves, this concerns the process of naming. It highlights, by naming and the means or techniques employed for this, the geopolitical issues involved in territorialization. All these elements have to be contextualized in time and space, but can also be modelled to a certain degree thanks to approaches based on the work of Foucault and Raffestin, concerning respectively the technologies of power and territoriality. This article thus presents a grid for the interpretation of the political processes of naming places. It considers each process as a nexus combining a geopolitical and historic situation conducive to naming or re-naming, the technologies employed by actors according to their motives and the nature of their powers, and finally the nature of the places, which gives them status ranging from sites of prestige symbolic of a regime to ordinary places that help to shape people’s everyday cultural and political frames of reference.
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Frédéric Giraut, Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch, Jérôme Gonzalez, Stéphane Pasquali. Au-delà du toponyme : la dimension politique de la territorialisation par la nomination. Jérôme GONZALEZ; Stéphane PASQUALI. Au-delà du Toponyme: une approche territoriale. Égypte & Méditerranée antiques, Equipe Egypte Nilotique et Méditerranéenne, UMR 5140 ASM, CNRS, université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, pp.1-6, 2019, 978-2-9570450-0-6. ⟨halshs-02430880⟩



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